Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall Into Reading 2008

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A pile of books has mysteriously disappeared from my nightstand. Well, ok. Not so much disappeared as much as moved from my immediate sight into my handy-dandy drawer in my new nightstand.

A pile of books that has been piling for far too long.

Some of you may recall that I seem to have an aversion for any book that is non-fiction. This would include a multitude of "disciplining your child" books. Fiction I can absorb in a few hours. The non-fiction just PILES up. And I can't stop myself from buying them. It's a sad state of affairs.

My goal this fall is to actually read some...if not motivate myself to read the whole lot of them. As a reward, I might throw in a few fiction books to sweeten the deal for myself (it all sounds good while it's swirling around in my head, so work with me here). Maybe a nice pedicure...a Starbucks coffee. And if I read the whole lot of 'em - oh, the possibilities are endless. It's all about rewards, you know?

And in case you are interested, be sure to check out the fall reading chart that I made for my kids (a chart to track reading over the next few months).


In no particular order, here are the books that I will force myself would like to read this fall:

My non-fiction list:

Professionalizing Motherhood by Jill Savage. A friend mentioned this book to me recently so I ordered it from Paperbackswap. And I've officially read 3 pages in it. Woo-hoo for me!

Skydiving for Parents by Jane Bullivant. I sat in on a mini-conference when she spoke at a homeschool convention and just loved her...and bought one of her books.

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. I hoping to read this one in the afternoons and also watch the DVD series that go along with it. Life has been too crazy, so even if my hubby can't do it along with me, perhaps I can glean some things from it.

Rivers of Grace by Mark and Patti Virkler. Another book recommended to me by a friend. Sadly, it's been sitting on my nightstand for over a year. The main premise of the book is raising your kids by the Spirit rather than the law.

Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Lehman. Well, the title certainly sounds lovely some days!

How to Be a God Chaser and a Kid Chaser by Tommy Tenny. Got the kid chasing down pat. :)

Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson. For some reason this was the one book I picked by Bill Johnson from Amazon - it just looked good!

Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel. I'm thinking the title just sounds lovely.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. I've had this book "started" and it meanders around my house. Now I want to actually sit down and READ it!

The New Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson. I can't imagine why I might possibly want to read this one.

My fiction list:

Sunset by Karen Kingsbury. This book will finally wrap up the third series of books that all seemed to start off innocently enough and just sucked me in. This had so better be the last one (but truthfully, I'm betting there is yet another book series that will spin off).

The Shack by William Young. I've been hearing some great things about this book, so it's currently in my Amazon cart for my next shopping purchase.

by Elizabeth Gaskell. PBS recently aired a mini-series to this book that I watched in part. Before I watch any more of it, I want to read the book and then watch the series in its entirety.

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. I think I've read the rest of his books, so this is the last one in order to finish.

The Longing by Beverly Lewis. Again another series to finish up.

A Lady of Hidden Intent by Traci Peterson. I've really enjoyed her other books in the Ladies of Liberty series and somehow missed this one.

A Daughter's Inheritance and An Unexpected Love by Judith Miller/Traci Peterson. A newer series that looks interesting to me.


I'm sure that there will be other books to that I pick up along the way too, but this is my list as it stands right now. I'm assuming that there will be one or two great books in the above lot that I'll have to share about with you all. But for now, I'm off to the library to pick up one of the fiction books...I have to start somewhere!


  1. I loved Tim Kimmel's book. I highly recommend that. Not read any of the others. Going to have to push myself on the non-fiction too!

    Happy reading,


  2. I have trouble finshing my nonfiction books. I am good at starting not so much on finishing. I have actually read quite a few this year. I did the Nonfiction 5 reading Challenge and it helped me. :)

  3. I hear you, girlfriend! I just put mine in two boxes because there were so many, that they made my nightstand look a mess! I guess somehow I think that boxes look better? I dunno...
    God/Kid chaser should be your first N/F book, it will be short and easy to read..IMHO..I keep trying that back and forth reading, to me it seems like the fiction is helping me "grease the wheels"....I just got to get this friend of mine to stop giving me such great fiction to read!

  4. Great list! And you and are so much alike -- I, too, just keep buying nonfiction, even if I don't get around to reading it. I would hate to have to calculate the percentage of un-read nonfiction on my shelves! :) Hopefully, the challenge will help both of us. Looks like you've picked some really good books.

    Thanks for joining the challenge!

  5. I think I'm going to have to pick up the "Have a new child" book, I've seen it on a couple lists and I'd like to see about getting a new set of kids ;)

    great list, I have the shack on mine too!!

  6. That list looks great. I have The Shack sitting on my bookshelf. I need to read it soon.

    I am with you on the nonfiction books. I have great intentions of reading them.. I start them.. then I get sidetracked by some good fiction reading :-)

    It was good to see you, if only for a few minutes on Friday :-).. I was keeping our viral infection to ourselves!

  7. Grace based Parenting was very, very good. Changed the way I approached a few things!

    Happy reading!

  8. Grace-Based Parenting was my hands down favorite parenting book because it was so well-balanced (in my opinion).

    LOL on the new kid by Friday title and your comment. ;)

  9. Great List! Cute kids too! Thumbs up on the Dobson book. I have a strong willed child and need all the help I can get (er read)

    Happy Reading!

    Robin of mytwoblessings

  10. Cranford is popping up on several lists, I may have to check into that one. Maybe you will do a reveiw? Happy reading!

  11. I read The Shack not too long ago, and The Strong-Willed Child a really long time ago. I absolutely LOVE Shepherding a Child's Heart, and I have Have a New Kid by Friday on my list too.

    I haven't read Tracie Peterson before, but my mom has and recommended her, so I have the Yukon Quest series on my list too.

    Happy Reading!

    ~ Kayren

  12. I have the same problem, and such good intentions. Great idea with the rewards. I might have to try that!

  13. I will echo the praise for Grace-Based Parenting. I would honestly move that one to the top of your 'child discipline' pile, it is well worth it. After that for those interested he has "Raising Kids for True Greatness", also a very good book (probably more so if you are past the early years and heading into the 8 and up ages).

    I have the same problems with nonfiction books though; right now I have 'Siblings without Rivalry' sitting by my couch. Aaaand, the sounds of rivalry are calling me from downstairs.

  14. LOVE Beverly Lewis's books. Amish life is so interesting. I am about to start The Brethren and can't wait. I also like several of the other fiction authors you mentioned as well.

    For some reason, I have the HARDEST time finishing a nonfiction book-- two pages in and I'm snoozing. To me, reading is for sheer pleasure. If it isn't entertaining then I don't like to read it-- except the Bible, because I know I can't live without reading it! I always tell my husband that I don't like reading anything that makes me smarter ;p I guess that isn't true because I have learned quite a bit from fiction-- my vocabulary definitely beats his-- and all he reads are philosophy and history books!

  15. great list.. i've got the strong willed child somewhere..or maybe just my own children lol.. have to have a lookie.. i've got the same as you 2 boys/2 girls!

  16. I just finished The Shack last week--loved it! I even typed up a few quotes to save forever.

    In the NF category, Shepherding Your Child's Heart tops my list. I've read it 7 times. Really. Every year around my daughter's birthday, I re-read it to prepare for the year ahead.

  17. Love, love, love the Shack!! Great fiction with some major real life lessons!! Also have the "Have a New Kid By Friday" on my night stand which I have started and have used some already...good luck on your list. I wish I could make a list...I'm not sure I could narrow it down that well...

  18. Great list! I am reading The Shack right now (started before the challenge) and I just love it! My husband read it first and he could not put it down! I have also heard great things about Have a New Kid by Friday. Enjoy!!!!


  19. Sunset was AWESOME, I hope you love it as much as me. Rumor has it the Baxter's will be back in the new series (at a distance)

    Happy Reading

  20. You have a lovely family, by the way. Your kids are beautiful! :)


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